Late senator Jerry Relph honored with local ceremony

Relph's widow, Pegi, also addressed the gathering of nearly 100 people, including local media.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, military personnel, and others honored Jerry Relph Tuesday afternoon with a memorial bench overlooking the Mississippi River.

The granite structure now sits alongside various veterans’ monuments at Wilson Park.

Kleis called Relph “a man who made a difference in the world.” He added, “it’s hard to serve when times are tough, as Jerry did, countless times.”

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and Pegi Relph address the crowd at a Tuesday memorial for the late senator.

Relph’s widow, Pegi, also addressed the gathering of nearly 100 people, including local media. She relayed how happy she is to have a place to “reflect” and called the spot “wonderful.”

The attorney, Marine Corps veteran and dedicated public servant represented District 14 in the Minnesota Senate for four years before his Dec. 18 death.

A St. Cloud resident since 1984, Relph was 76.

For more info on Relph’s impressive life, read the Alpha News obituary from two months ago.